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FRANCISCAN SISTERS OF THE ATONEMENT ~ GRAYMOOR ~ 845-424-3625 Editors Sr. Mary Patricia Galvin, SA ~ Sr. Roberta Southwick, SA [email protected] Dear Friends, These recent summer months surely produced occasions for us to come together to enjoy some real celebratory gatherings as a community. In mid-June we gathered with three of our Sisters in recognition of their vowed commitment! We celebrated 75 years for Sr. Consiline Flynn as our Diamond Jubilarian, 50 years for Sr. Mavis DeMan as our Golden Jubilarian and 25 years for Sr. Lucinda May Patterson as our Silver Jubilarian. Jubilee was an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the vowed life and the amazing number of lives that are touched over so many years through such commitment. August brought other ‘special’ celebrations of gratitude! On August 13, 2018 one of our dear elder Sisters turned 100! Sr. Louis Marie Diebner is an example to me of a totally committed consecrated woman who may have diminished hearing and some loss of eyesight, but she is ever-steadfast in her focus on her Lord! August also brought us the joy of “new life” by way of the reception of Martha Nguyen into our Postulancy Program. Martha was born and raised in Vietnam and is now residing with our Sisters at our House of Formation in the Cavite, Philippines mission. This draws me to also reflect on your presence in our lives; from our oldest Sister to our newest postulant, we clearly realize that without your gracious assistance, our mission and ministry would not be complete. Through your partnership with us for the sake of the mission we are enabled to assist those in need! Our Sisters have a rich history of service and commitment over a span of 120 years ~ we are present in six countries … your generosity allows us to literally ‘be there’ for the sake of the mission … for this we are deeply grateful! Simply walking into any store that sells greeting cards gives a hint of how many occasions have been the focus of creating a card to express a thought ~ typically a thought of gratitude! Gratitude for a gift ~ a birthday ~ an anniversary ~ a healing ~ a birth ~ a jubilee … the list goes on and on for sure. The whole concept of gratitude is so very present within and yet at the same time, so very elusive when we strive to capture it and articulate it in words! For the blessing you are in our missionary life of at-one-ment, we are ever grateful to you as we daily lift you in prayer. With sincere gratitude, Sr. Mary Patricia Galvin, SA Minister General A saint is only one who yielded himself or herself freely to do the Will of God.” Mother Lurana September 2018 Issue #2 Issue #2

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Editors … Sr. Mary Patricia Galvin, SA ~ Sr. Roberta Southwick, SA [email protected]
Dear Friends,
These recent summer months surely produced occasions for us to come together to enjoy some real
celebratory gatherings as a community. In mid-June we gathered with three of our Sisters in recognition
of their vowed commitment! We celebrated 75 years for Sr. Consiline Flynn as our Diamond Jubilarian,
50 years for Sr. Mavis DeMan as our Golden Jubilarian and 25 years for Sr. Lucinda May Patterson as
our Silver Jubilarian. Jubilee was an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the vowed life and the amazing
number of lives that are touched over so many years through such commitment.
August brought other ‘special’ celebrations of gratitude! On August 13, 2018 one of our dear elder Sisters
turned 100! Sr. Louis Marie Diebner is an example to me of a totally committed consecrated woman
who may have diminished hearing and some loss of eyesight, but she is ever-steadfast in her focus on
her Lord! August also brought us the joy of “new life” by way of the reception of Martha Nguyen into
our Postulancy Program. Martha was born and raised in Vietnam and is now residing with our Sisters at
our House of Formation in the Cavite, Philippines mission.
This draws me to also reflect on your presence in our lives; from our oldest Sister to our newest postulant,
we clearly realize that without your gracious assistance, our mission and ministry would not be complete.
Through your partnership with us for the sake of the mission we are enabled to assist those in need! Our
Sisters have a rich history of service and commitment over a span of 120 years ~ we are present in six
countries … your generosity allows us to literally ‘be there’ for the sake of the mission … for this we are
deeply grateful!
Simply walking into any store that sells greeting cards gives a hint of how many occasions have been the
focus of creating a card to express a thought ~ typically a thought of gratitude! Gratitude for a gift ~ a
birthday ~ an anniversary ~ a healing ~ a birth ~ a jubilee … the list goes on and on for sure. The whole
concept of gratitude is so very present within and yet at the same time, so very elusive when we strive to
capture it and articulate it in words! For the blessing you are in our missionary life of at-one-ment, we
are ever grateful to you as we daily lift you in prayer.
With sincere gratitude,
Minister General
Will of God.” Mother Lurana
September 2018 Issue #2
Consiline Flynn, a native of County Leitrim, Ireland has ministered
over 75 years from coast to coast in the USA, in Western Canada, in
Ireland, and in Italy too! Sister Mavis DeMan, of Cranbrook, BC,
Canada, celebrating 50 years, has served in New York, Oregon and
most notably, almost forty years in Japan. Sister Lucinda May
Patterson, from Grand Rapids, Michigan, recognizing 25 years of
dedication, has given these recent twenty-two years to our mission
in Edmonton, AB, Canada in various roles after earlier assignments
in Georgia, New York and California.
Throughout 75 years of consecrated life Sr. Consiline Flynn has given witness
to a deeply rooted joy in her heart! When asked “what is your greatest joy as a
Sister?”, she responded: “My greatest joy is that I was called by God to be a
Franciscan Sister of the Atonement. I have spent these years sharing this joy of
Jesus with my Sisters in community.” Sister shared her ‘legacy’ as “knowing I
have made every effort to be what God called me to be and to do! I leave behind
a spirit of gratitude to my family and my community for their love and support
over the years of my Religious Life.” Sr. Consiline continues in her ministry of
prayer and presence while residing at Graymoor ~ her spirit of joy is gift to all.
Year 2018 Jubilarians
When asked “what was the most meaningful part of Jubilee day?”,
Sr. Mavis DeMan responded: “Jubilee Day was perfect from
beginning to end. Even the weather cooperated. It was hot but dry.
In preparation for the Liturgy, the choir spent hours practicing, but
the time paid off as the music was well done. Dinner took place in
our Dining Room. For me to see so many of our Sisters was a great
blessing as I come back to Graymoor infrequently because of being
stationed in Japan. The opportunity to see and visit with so many
Sisters was a blessing.” Sister continues to give her all to those she
meets daily ~ her gifts are abundantly shared! This Golden Jubilee
for 50 dedicated years surely was a blessing for all.
When sharing her greatest joy, Sr. Lucinda May Patterson reflects that it
“is sharing our charism and being gifted to see God’s gentle actions
working to repair breaches with individuals.” Celebrating 25 years of
vowed life, Sister says the most meaningful part of Jubilee Day was: “the
brief encounters with our Sisters and their words of wisdom and
challenge. Such as … to live in community well is done through and with
God’s grace.” Sr. Lucinda shares her own words of wisdom to remember
to play and pray … Sister’s gentle and light-hearted connections are gift!
Joys of new life were clearly evident when Martha Nguyen was
received into the Postulancy Program at our House of Formation in the
Philippines on August 22, 2018! The Feast of the Queenship of Mary was
an especially blessed day for all at our Cavite mission, and throughout our
international congregation as we “Joy in God” for such blessings!
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Our Postulant Directress, Sr. Helen
Hadcock, SA with Martha
Local Coordinator and Program
with Sr. Helen and Martha sharing a
moment of gratitude after the
reception ritual
and Sr. Rosa, sharing in a spirit of
welcoming joy with Martha
We appreciate your support ~ if you are in the area,
stop by Graymoor and spend some quiet time on
our ‘holy mountain’ ~ All are welcome!
Please visit our website (www.graymoor.org) for further information about our Sisters and our Missions.
Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement … 41 Old Highland Turnpike Graymoor Garrison, NY 10524
Sister Mary Kinsinger July 3, 1934 ~ April 29, 2018
“We joy in God through our Lord,
Jesus Christ, by whom we have
now received the Atonement.” Romans 5:11
Eternal Rest Grant
on August 13, 2018 ~
Sisters’ Gift Shop Graymoor
(Closed on Monday & Tuesday)